Yay for me! I finished one of those projects that had been sitting crumpled up in the bottom of my knitting basket for ages and ages!
So here is the story….about two years ago I made myself this sweater and I adore it! I wear it all the time. It has a wonderful, boxy/sweatshirty feel that is just my style AND I made it out of several different yarns from Dublin Bay that I really love, single skeins that I bought while I was working there and some other left-overs.
A few months later I got it into my head that I should make another one…at first I wasn’t quite sure who I wanted to make it for but then I settled on Ben. He was the unfortunate recipient of some of my first sweaters…including my early attempts at reconstructing Elizabeth Zimmerman’s cable knit-cardigans (but that’s another story) and I figured I owed him one that actually fit in both the arms AND the chest. Also…I had lots of random piles of left-over worsted weight yarn so I was doubly pleased with myself. Then graduate school happened, I ran out of yarn and had to pull one of the sleeves out, the prospect of knitting a simple top-down pattern for the second time suddenly became a lot less enticing. You know the story…for a million little reasons and through no fault of its own, this poor guy became the most resented project in my basket.
8 or 9 months later and a move back to Oregon and I decided to re-commit myself to finishing this poor unloved sweater. There really wasn’t that much left to do on it, and with an Aran/Worsted weight and size 8 needles it goes along pretty fast.
Just a couple of days later he was finished! And not only that but I kinda love him. The very best of all, Ben loves him. The only problem with the whole thing is that its August and apparently having your wife nag you to try on a super heavy/kinda itchy wool sweater in 100 degree heat isn’t a terribly enjoyable experience.